Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

(2012)

Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums) comedy set in the summer of ’65 where a small community is mobilised in search of two runaway 12-year-old lovebirds. The all-star cast includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.... More

A quiet community resides on an island off the coast of New England. After falling in love, former Khaki Scout and orphan Sam (Jared Gilman) runs away with forlorn Suzy (Kara Hayward) into the island's wilderness. With the local sheriff (Willis), the girl’s parents (Murray and Frances McDormand), Social Services (Tilda Swinton) and a Khaki Scout troop leader (Norton) all trying to stabilise the situation, the search threatens to become a disaster when a violent storm brews off-shore.Hide

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Writer/director Wes Anderson's aesthetic leanings are difficult to define (Retro cute? Solemn whimsy? Painterly theatrics?) but very recognisable. His films are all composed with the precision of a Swiss watch, but they never completely lose sight of their humanity.... More

Amongst all the elegantly affected framing and disarmingly effective music cues, the neuroses and desires of actual human beings shine through. His characters rarely behave like anyone who actually exists, but they remain relatable portraits.

About half-way through Moonrise Kingdom, I feared Anderson's dedication to visual and aural splendour had overcome his ability to tell a grounded story.

That's not to say I wasn't enjoying myself. I'm all for film that are just about the aesthetics, and this felt like the 300 of art house flicks. Shallow, but a joy to behold.

As the film approached the conclusion however, a sense of underlying emotional richness began to shine through, and I was able to embrace the story on all levels. Maybe it was the youth of the leads that initially kept me at arm's length – no kids have ever talked or behaved like these two do.

Bill Murray and Frances McDormand make the absolute most of their relatively brief screen time, but the real revelation in the film's cast (beyond the insanely talented young leads) was Bruce Willis as the local Sheriff. I can't remember the last time he was this good.

As the most Wes Anderson-ish film Wes Anderson has ever made, Moonrise Kingdom won't convert any naysayers to the cause, but fans of his work will have a ball.Hide


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BY JR grader

This is probably Wes Anderson's best film since Rushmore. This is defiantly an excellent film that should be on everyones must watch list for the year. Having some excellent performances from the adult cast of Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis's strange role as Captain Sharp. But the real stand out of the film is the performance of the young cast members Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman.

A defiant must see.


BY KatieF superstar

Loved this movie from beginning to end. Loved how the story line got more and more outrageous and implausible as it went on. Casting was prefect, story was superb. A must see movie if you love Wes Anderson or just love quirky movies.


BY Gerd superstar

I did not find this movie surreal at all, to me it is an intelligent heart touching manifest
for the good in humans, backed up by a thoughtful script, excellent acting and loving
sense of humour.


BY TUBBS superstar

It didn't quite work for me but I admire anything different.


BY filmlover superstar

Wes Anderson serves up a visual feast with this whimsical tale. Some might find it over
art-directed but for me it felt like a cross between a movie and a story book, a little charmer.
Ed Norton's chain-smoking scout leader was my favourite character in an impressive list of quirky oddballs. I think most people would find something to like about this little film.


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The Press Reviews

94% of critics recommend.
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  • The success of "Moonrise Kingdom" depends on its understated gravity. None of the actors ever play for laughs or put sardonic spins on their material. Full Review

  • As funny, bittersweet and as distinct as you’d expect from Wes Anderson, a director who helps you know you are not alone. Terrific performances from sprogs to stars and a lovely sense of the sorrow and joy of growing up. Full Review

  • A very charming, beautifully wrought, if somehow depthless film - eccentric but heartfelt, and thought through to the tiniest, quirkiest detail in the classic Anderson style. Full Review

  • This is a Wes Anderson film -- more lightweight than some, possessing a stronger emotional undertow than others -- that will strike the uninitiated as conspicuously arch. Full Review

  • Primarily, this is a film to be savoured for it’s hyper-ornate visual schemes: each one more splendid and breathtaking than the previous. Full Review

  • Anderson's romantic fantasia is after something much more complicated and profound-an ever-renewing balance between the hopes of youth and the disappointments of age. Full Review

  • Non-fans might call it over-familiar comfort cinema but with the craft so loving and new elements so well-integrated, his singular pitch remains a thing to cherish. Full Review

  • Represents a sort of non-magical Neverland -- that momentous instant when the world can seem so small and a naive crush can feel all-consuming. Full Review

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